• 3:27

    Modeler Martin Tarnrot is back with another video on improving model railroad scenery. In this video, Martin will demonstrate how to paint realistic rock sides, specifically those that have a lot of iron in them. The prototype is a rockside with streaks of reddish mineral iron. He begins by casting these rocksides with rubber molds…

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  • 4:20

    In this video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how to make a cobblestone path, perfect for a model railroad city park. The foundation of the pathway is made up of styrofoam. He glues the styrofoam foundation in place with PVA glue. On top of this, he glues the pathway and secures it down to dry…

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  • 4:55

    In this video Martin Tarnrot demonstrates how to make model trees from scratch, specifically, a miniature oak tree. He pulls inspiration from the oak trees on Avery Island, which are excellent eye catchers for a layout. The trunk and branches are made from .07 millimeter steel wire. Martin cuts them into ten inch pieces, twisting…

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  • 3:16

    In this video, modeler Martin Tarnrot will demonstrate how to create ivy for a scene. Martin creates the look of ivy climbing up a brick wall using twine. For this ivy, he uses kitchen twine, commonly used to tie up a roast before putting it in the oven. Holding it up to the wall to…

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  • 3:35

    Modeler Martin Tarnrot welcomes you to another Model Railroad Academy video. One method for adding depth with model railroad accessories is adding sacks on pallets. Sacks like these are commonly used to store onions, seeds, and other goods. Martin shows an example of how these sacks of seed look when placed on a model. The…

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  • 2:33

    John Gray’s Union Pacific Cheyenne Division model railroad captures the wide open spaces of Wyoming. The HO layout is designed to showcase the vastness of the West with broad curves and scenic sweeping vistas. The Union Pacific is a great place for John to display his large collection of brass locomotives and cars. He believes…

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  • 8:35

    We start the tour of John Gray’s Union Pacific Cheyenne Division model railroad as a Portland with four E Units pulls out of the Cheyenne Depot. The city scape fills the area behind the depot. In front is the lead to the massive diesel shop. The ice platform supplies the huge pacific fruit express reefer…

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  • 8:20

    We begin operations on John Gray’s Union Pacific Cheyenne Division model railroad at the full circle roundhouse. Here Number 4023, a “big boy” train, prepares and moves off the turntable. This engine was the second to last big boy built for the Union Pacific. The massive 4884 runs light over the switch lead at Tower…

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  • 4:03

    John Gray’s Union Pacific Cheyenne Division runs around Cheyenne, Wyoming during the 1930’s through the 1960’s. Allen Keller asks why he chose that era and area to model. Growing up in Boise, Idaho, John states that the Union Pacific was the only game in town. When he went to school in the midwest he would…

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